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Karachiites go to SC against SHC decision apropos Shahzeb Murder Case retrial!

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KARACHI: Members of the civil society converged today at KPC to announce that they were going to SC against LHC decision whereby terror charges were removed against Shahrukh Jatoi facilitating the culprits walk free after bails. 

Appellants   – Muhammad  Jibran  Nasir,  Jamshed  Raza  Mahmood,  Afiya Shehrbano  Zia,  Naeem  Sadiq,  Nazim Fida  Hussain  Haji,  Karamat  Ali,  Zulfiqar  Shah,  Aquila Ismail,  Fahim  Zaman  Khan,  and  Naziha  Syed  Ali – held:
“We the  petitioners  like  all  other  residents  of  Karachi  have  been  deeply  affected  and  aggrieved  by Judgment of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  whereby  terror  charges  were removed  against  Shahrukh Jatoi  and three  others in the  case  of  killing  of  youth  Shahzeb Khan, an incident which had horrified and affected all  of  us.
“It  is astonishing  that  a  retrial has been  ordered in  the  case  where  the  trial  had  been  concluded  four  and  half  years  ago.  The  sole  reasoning  given by  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  that  motive  of  killing  Shahzeb  Khan  was  personal  enmity.  Since then, all  accused have  been released on bail.
“This  decision  of  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  specially  of  concern  given  that  another  Divisional Bench  had  already  noted  in  2013  in  this  very  case  that  the  killing  of  Shahzeb  Khan  had  “created a  sense  of  helplessness and insecurity  amongst the  people of  Defence/Clifton”  as  keeping in view the  manner  in  which  the  murder  was  carried  out  which  involved  a  car  chase  and  shoot  out  on  a public  road  in  a  densely  populated  area  of  DHA.
“Furthermore,  not  only  has  the  Honorable  High Court  set  a  poor  precedent  by  overturning  decision  of  a  bench  of  the  same  size  in  the  same  case on  the  same  issue  but  has  also  failed  to  consider  various  judgments  of  the  Supreme  Court  which have  well  established  that  it  is  not  only  the  reason  for  murdering  someone  but  also  the  design, manner and  circumstances in  which the  murder was done  which  determines terrorism.
“In  any  criminal  case  the  primary  responsibility  of  prosecuting  a  criminal  is  that  of  the  State.  It was  very troubling  but  not  surprising  to  note  that  the  State  abdicated  its  legal  and  moral responsibilities  as  the Prosecutor  General  conceded  to  the  case  of  the  accused  persons  in  this case  and  consented  to  the  Judgment of  the  Sindh  High  Court.
“Furthermore,  for  reasons  unknown to  us  the  family  and  legal  heirs  of  Shahzeb  Khan  have  also  pardoned the  accused.
“However,  we believe  that  if  justice  is  a  mutual  concern  for  all  members  of  society  then  its  pursuit  should also be  a  collective  responsibility  specially  when  the  crime  has  not  only  resulted  in  a  personal  loss  to the family  of  the  deceased  but  affected  the  entire  society  striking  panic,  fear,  sensation, insecurity  and terror.
“It  is  because  of  inconsistent  application  of  laws  and  meddling  of  power  and  influence  in investigation  and  prosecution  of  criminal  cases  including  those  related  to  terrorism  that  such horrifying  acts  continue  to  take  place  in  society  where  killers  roam  around  with  impunity creating  a  mockery  of our laws and justice  system  continuing  to terrorize  citizens.
“Accordingly,  we  have  today  filed  an  appeal  before  the  Honorable  Supreme  Court  against Judgment  of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  and  as  part  of  which  appeal  we  have also  prayed  that  operation  of  the  said  Judgment  should  be  suspended,  and  all  four  accused including  Sharukh  Jatoi  should be  arrested and taken in judicial custody.
“It  is  our  moral  and  constitutional  duty  to  not  allow  our  criminal  justice  system  to  be  reduced  to  a private  dispute  settlement  system  and  ensure  deterrence  and  protection  against  such  crimes through strict implementation of  the laws in letter  and spirit”.

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Balochistan Turmoil: Five militants killed, 29 facilitators arrested in Dera Bugti operation!

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QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti has informed today that five militants of an outlawed organization were killed and 29 suspected facilitators arrested in an operation by Frontier Corps (FC) in hilly areas of Bamboo Top in Dera Bugti district.

Addressing a press conference along with Commissioner Dera Bugti Javed Nabi Khosa and senior FC officers here, he said the personnel of FC had cleared Bamboo Top of the terrorists after a successful operation, in which huge quantity of weapons and ammunition was also recovered.

Due to the efforts of FC, the back of terrorists in Dera Bugti and surrounding areas had been broken and with the cooperation of people, the rest of the militants would also be eliminated, he added.

On the occasion, more than 20 rebels also surrendered to the security forces, who were handed over the national flag by the home minister.

Bugti offered the self-exiled Baloch persons living abroad to join the national mainstream as they would be welcomed, otherwise they would be eliminated.

He said the provincial government in collaboration with the law enforcement agencies had under a strategy forced the miscreants to flee from urban areas to hills and now under the peaceful Balochistan package, they were being included in the national mainstream.

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Man incarcerated for a quarter century for assaulting a minor girl!

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JHANG: An additional sessions judge here today has  awarded 25 years imprisonment and imposed fine of Rs one million in a minor girl assault case, registered by Saddar police station.

The police had booked one Mujahid Abbas of Kot Khaira on thecharge of assaulting a 7-year-old girl, Gulshan Bibi, two years ago, and submitted the challan in the court of law.

After observing evidence and listening to witnesses, Additional Sessions Judge Naeem Ahmed Sheikh awarded him  25 years jail term. 

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Rao Anwar Case: ATC sends former SSP on judicial remand till 2nd of May!

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KARACHI: Former SSP Rao Anwar, allegedly involved in extra-judicial killings – including of Naqeebullah Mehsud – has been sent to jail on judicial remand till 2nd day of May.

Rao Anwar, who was brought to ATC in an APC, appeared quite composed despite facing noose if proven guilty. IO of the case had requested the court to send Anwar on judicial remand facilitating him to prepare and submit final challan of the case. 

He maintained that the challan was to be registered as per the new JIT recommendation that has been formed to investigate the case.

While Rao and another accused Shakeel had been sent to jail till 2nd of April, the judicial remand of other suspects was extended until an unfixed date. 

Rao Anwar, eleven of his incarcerated and fourteen bolted subordinates are accused of kidnapping Naqeebullah Mehsud for ransom, murdering him and other three detainees in an orchestrated ‘encounter’.  The staged killing was termed as an encounter against ‘militants’ by policemen. 

The gang has also been booked in a case for planting hand-grenades and pistols on the four victims after murdering them. Citing the planted arms and explosives a fabricated case was also registered by Rao Anwar & gang against the deceased. 

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